Saturday, June 12, 2010

Queen Elizabeth II's Official Birthday

Though her actual birthday is April 21, the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated today with pomp and splendor.

The official birthdays of British monarchs have been celebrated in June since the 18th century, so that there would be good weather for the event. The defining part of the celebrations is the Trooping the Color, where various regiments of the armed forces parade past the queen while displaying their flags and colors.

Trooping the Color is capped off by a fly-over show from military aircraft. They fly over Buckingham Palace while the queen and the royal family w
atch from the palace balcony.

Queen Elizabeth II and members of the British Royal Family gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the fly-over portion of Trooping the Color on the sovereign's official birthday.

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